As in previous elections, religion will play a big role in this year’s presidential contest. While Evangelicals once flocked en masse to the Republican party, John McCain’s middle-of-the-road policies have some voters running scared. And Barack Obama‘s planning on exploiting what may be Biblically-proportioned upset:
A source close to the Obama campaign tells The Brody File the following:
“The Joshua Generation project will be the Obama campaign’s outreach to young people of faith. There’s unprecedented energy and excitement for Obama among young evangelicals and Catholics. The Joshua Generation project will tap into that excitement and provide young people of faith opportunities to stand up for their values and move the campaign forward.”
The official rollout won’t be for another two weeks or so, but The Brody File has been told the activities will include house parties, blogging, concerts and more.
In addition to splitting the GOP’s base, the move will also help Obama dispel those nagging “Muslim” rumors.
It remains to be seen how gay Democrats will react, of course. The more mainstream religious set has not traditionally endorsed gay rights and may create some contradictions for the Senator’s campaign.